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9.29.2009

Scatter Sunshine Scrappy Quilt Tutorial

Scatter Sunshine Quilt by Brown Paper Packages







Do you have too many scraps in your scrap bin? Here's a little tutorial to make yourself a quilt to use up lots of those little scraps. A little bit tricky to sew up the strips, but uses up some of those strange shaped pieces. Here's the how-to.



Materials Needed:



  • 1 yard backing fabric
  • 1/2 yard binding fabric
  • approx. 1/2 yard of white quilting fabric
  • batting (approx. 40" x 40")
  • LOTS of scraps!


For this baby sized quilt (approximately 34"x34"), you will need about 28 yards of sewn up strips. Takes a little time and patience to get the funky, patchwork strips, but worth it in the end.




Cutting: The only cutting you will do to start, is cut 8 strips of white as follows: 1" x11.5", 1.25" x 24", 1.5" x 36.5", 1.5" x 43", 1.75" x 41", 1.25" x 28.5", 1.25" x 13", 1.5" x 6".



Sewing: Grab your scrap bin (or dump it out on the floor, by your feet and baby)







and start grabbing some pieces. You want pieces that are at least 2.5" in one direction or another. They can be as long or short as you want going the other way.



Now, the tricky part is sewing angles. I wanted mine nice and funky with lots of angles. It takes a little practice to get it right. This is what I found works best for the slightly off of straight angle (if you have a better way to do it, PLEASE share with the rest of the class!). Take your starting piece and lay it flat. Then add the next piece on top, at a slight angle, sewing straight along the edge of the second piece, like so:








Then lay the two pieces out flat. If you are an iron-aholic you will probably want to iron the seam. I don't until I finish an entire 18" strip, then iron all of the seams.



The trick is to be able to cut a single 2.5" strip out of your sewn pieces. Each time I sew a piece on, I put my see-through ruler thingy on it to make sure I can get my strip out of it.



After checking your first two pieces, add a third. I generally would sew every other piece on at a right angle, to make sure that I was getting my strips in a fairly straight line, like so:



Another way to make some funky angles is to make a seam just like you do when sewing up your binding strip. This will give you a sharp angle, or even a little triangle piece. Here is the general idea:


Keep adding your pieces until you have at least an 18" strip (this is approximate-- just somewhere in the vicinity). You will need 56 strips. I used many different lengths of pieces. Some were 1" long, some were 18" long. I found that the wider the pieces (more than 2.5"), the easier it was to keep it fairly straight while getting some good angles.





Trimming: Once you get your 56 strips, it is time to trim. We are going to take those crazy strips that look like this:







and trim them to look like this:






Of course, your see-through ruler thingy is going to be your best friend in this. And your iron. First you need to iron very thoroughly. Then trim your seams down to about 1/4 inch seam allowance. (You will have lots of cute little triangular shaped scraps. Any good ideas for triangle scraps?)




Next, lay it flat on your cutting mat. Make sure it is FLAT-FLAT and not mooshed in one direction to make your line straight. If it is not straight, you can always cut it where it veers off and add some new pieces-- hopefully in a straighter line.


Then, trim away! Cut each strip 2.5" wide.






And now you have a NEW set of scraps, ready to be used. . .







Now, we are going to sew all of our strips together in a straight piece. This piece will be cut into smaller strips. (I found that sewing shorter strips, about 18" was much easier than longer ones-- kept them straighter!) Here are the lengths of strips you will need to cut from the long piece-- make two sets:



Set 1: 48", 45.5", 41.5", 39", 34", 31.5", 29", 26.5", 21.5", 19", 16.5", 14", 9", 6.5" and 4". Also add the following white strips to this set: 1" x11.5", 1.25" x 24", 1.5" x 36.5", 1.5" x 43".

Set 2: 48", 45.5", 43", 39", 36.5", 34", 29", 26.5", 24", 21.5", 16.5", 14", 11.5", 9", 4". Add the following white strips to this set: 1.75" x 41.5", 1.25" x 31.5", 1.25" x 19", 1.5" x 6.5".



For the first set, you will need to trim 5 of your strips down to 1.75" wide, 4 strips to 2" wide, and 3 to 2.25" wide- it doesn't matter which ones. Just make a good mix of sizes. For the second set, trim 3 to 1.75", 2 to 2" wide and 3 to 2.25" wide. This adds a little more variety and funkiness.



Sewing: Start with your first set. Arrange the strips from longest to shortest, including the white strips. Take the longest strip (48"), and sew your next longest strip to it. Center it, so that you have about the same length hanging over on each end of your shorter strip. Continue sewing until all your Set 1 strips are together. Then repeat for your Set 2.





Now sew your two pieces together and it should look something like this:







Time to trim again! I folded mine in half one way and used my folded edge as my guide to trim the top/bottom and side/side. It doesn't have to be perfect in this step because you will trim again after you quilt it, but the straighter it is, the easier and bigger and squarer (is that a word?) it will be.




Quilting: I just used a simple white for my backing and quilted it in straight lines, a 1/4 inch on both sides of the seam line, except on the white strips. I sewed one line down the middle of the white.











After it is quilted, square it up again, bind it and enjoy! A little piece of sunshine. . .




Leisel is from Brown Paper Packages. She is a Mama trying to find time to sew cute things for her girlies and also fit a few quilts into the mix. Stop by sometime and say hello.

67 comments:

Reynolds11103 said...

That is honestly amazing!!
I am going to start my first quilt, but I am nervous!
Yours are all SO gorgeous!!! LOVE!!!

Lacey said...

So cute! Love it!

Myshell said...

Looks good! I just received some yummy fabric in the mail today and all I want to do is sew sew sew!! But -the darn housework is holding me back!

Glad you're being "sew" productive...hee hee

Cheers!
Your neighborly blogger

Brooke said...

You are SO smart. And awesome at sewing!! I heart you bad.

laundryontheline said...

I love this idea! I have made scrap chains before to use in my quilt borders, but never thought of making a whole quilt out of them. Thanks for the tutorial!

Nana said...

After a looooong sewing/quilting "rut", I think I've found my next project! Love scrappy and love this pattern. Thanks for the "tut". xo,

Me said...

I think the white strips really make this peice. Now I know what to do for a scrappy quilt. I was always afraid it would be visually overwhelming.

Aimee said...

Wow! That is beautiful! A perfect baby too. It is a very happy quilt.

rj said...

Very nice. And thanks for sharing the process!

stephjacobson said...

Beautiful quilt and great tutorial. What a bright, fun quilt for a little one!

Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

It's great...so eye-catching! I didn't even notice the angles at first.


sweet baby pic :)

Sara said...

That is a really cute quilt...and bright for a baby...

Jenna said...

Popped over from Sew, Mama, Sew - this is beautiful!! I adore it!

I am Domestically Challenged said...

That's really pretty! I really wish I could make something that amazing!

c said...

Welcome to the world of crumb blocks. or in your case strips. Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville.com has used this method for years. I make a LOT of crumb blocks as does my friends. and also incorporate selvedges into it. We pay for the fabric so we might as well use it.
Thanks for the great pics.

Erin said...

This is really clever, and your instructions are quite clear. Thanks, and I'll be trying this one out soon!

Lisa said...

Your quilt is so pretty. I'm making a scrappy quilt right now...maybe I'll be able to use it this time next year!
:)

Eema-le said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I have an insane amount of scraps and this is totally going on my project list.

Care said...

Oh, wow. I have the most ridiculous SIX BINS of scraps I cannot part with. Maybe I can get myself down to FIVE AND THREE-QUARTERS BINS with this tutorial!

I am loving that quilt!!

Liz said...

beautiful! almost gives me the courage to give quilting a shot...

Stephanie said...

Your quilt is AWESOME! I love the bright colors of all the fabric. Neat idea...someday I might give it a try. If only I lived closer to you...

tare1977 said...

Lovely peices

Cheryl Arkison said...

Love this! What a great use of all those odd pieces. I usually do mine on square, but this really appeals to me.

Savoir Weddings said...

This is absolutely lovely, I'm going to start one right now!

sallgood said...

Great quilt! I use bits like the triangle pieces as the beginning of a crazy quilt/crumb block. Sew a scrap to one side, open and press seam. Now add onto another side, and keep repeating, sewing at whichever angle you like. I then trim the block to 4 inches,and start again! Keeping the blocks small means I really only use the tiny bits. I've made about 70 blocks made this way from scraps I pulled from the trash at my little quilt group's sew day!

lorrwill said...

Nice stash busting!!! This is a great idea, thanks for the tutorial.

Crafty Girls Workshop said...

Great tutorial, and CUTE baby!!

Anna
My luck, my dog would find the scraps and run off with them.

Abbie said...

I love this! I really like the colors you put together...and the fact that your baby didn't have any scraps in the mouth. Mine, most certainly would. Came over from TipNut. Cheers, Abbie

Abbi said...

I have two neices that are to be born this Winter and I was wanting to make something for them. I think I want to try this for one of them. It is so cute!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Love, love, love this tutorial!! It is the best use of scraps yet AND so cute. Thank you for taking the time to share with us!!

Marilyn said...

I love your little quilt. I had started putting strips together but really like the idea of the white strips. That really seems to pull it together. Thanks for the idea.

AlessandraLace said...

thank you for sharing. it is amazing. hugs

Khris said...

Thanks for sharing. I have put a link to you on my freebies blog if thats okay...hugs Khris

Gina E. said...

I found you via Khris' Freebies blog - what a great way to use up scraps! Thank you for providing such a detailed tutorial.

Kimberly said...

Gorgeous. Congrats on your win over at SewMamaSew!

Henrietta said...

I love this adorable little quilt! Love your tutorial too!

Beth said...

Thanks for a cute tutorial! I can see this morphing into a vest or purse. I SURE have the scraps! If you layered your backing and batting before you sew your strips together, you can quilt as you go.An idea for the tiny left overs? I put them in an old pillowcase and when its full, I stitch it closed and donate to a local animal shelter. Or give them to a preschool class for their art time. Check out string quilts for ideas for blocks like this. SO pretty!

Miss Nancy said...

Great, fun and cheery quilt and a great idea to use scraps. The tutorial looks great as well. Thank you for sharing.

bingo~bonnie said...

I love making string blocks with my scraps and now I know exactly what to do with my little short ends that are too short to use.... set them together and reuse! :)

Thanks for sharing such a cute tutorial. Love the baby in the scraps pic too! ;) Reminds me of my 1st that use to play at my feet in the sewing room... now that I have 2 year old twins = they have no idea what inside the sewing room looks like b/c they are forbidden in there!

Love from Texas! ~bonnie

alipink said...

This is gorgeous, and such a great way to use up fabric scraps. I have added it to my 'To do (one day)' list.

Pippa said...

This looks so so cool! I have bookmarked it and hope that, one day, I'l make it!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Great concept! Love the random outcome on this one. Kudos for those who have the patience to create something this original!

Thanks for linking it up to SNS!

FJ Donna

Lyn said...

Your quilt is fabulous!! I have a feeling it will be a while before I attempt something like this!

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Peach Rainbow said...

I came from SMS blog, this quilt is lovely and the tutorial is clearly explained - thank you!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I also came from SMS and don't know how I missed this the first time around!! It's wonderful and I WILL be making one!

Philip, Melissa, & Summer said...

I have a huge pile waiting for me to make this. Thanks for the awesome tutorial.

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EJ180 said...

OMG, I thought I lost this tutorial. I just pulled me scraps out from the blue drawer and started looking for this. Whew, glad I found you back. This will be my 30 min a day for this week sewing. Thanks for sharing!

Eileen said...

Great idea...don't we all have scraps...I love how you made the angles in the strips. After all the strips are cut it might lend itself to quilt-as-you-go; which could really speed things up. Thanks for sharing!

Wild Sparrow said...

I just saw your quilt on WardrobeRefashion. It's super cute! Well done! :)

Anonymous said...

I loved this idea and decided to make a small topper for my dryer. well the thing keeps growing. It is so much fun. I just grabbed scraps only rule was not to put the same fabric next to itself. oranges, pinks, greens purples all mixed up. great way to lossen up and learn new ways to combine colors.

Smilie Mommy said...

What a fun idea to use up our scraps! I am wondering if it would be easier to work with (stable?) if you were using the stitch and flip method with your strips? I am thinking I may try it that way when I make one up and I will come back and let you know how it went :-) I started a blog / website recently (less then a month ago)and would love some followers ( I have 2..haha) My link is: http://www.freepatchworkquiltinfo.com/search/label/Projects Thanks again for a great pattern! Tiffiny ~ Smilie Mommy

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